Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

The Attraction of the Divine Being
Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan


In the Bible, in the Qur'an, in all the religious scriptures we read that there is an attraction by which the Divine Being draws all creatures to Himself. This is in two ways. The chosen ones of God are drawn towards God consciously during their life. And for every being comes its destruction, when it is drawn and is absorbed - or is destroyed and is lost. Everything in the world is fani. That is, awaiting annihilation. For every rock, every tree, every being that we see the day will come when it will be destroyed.


Annihilation seems difficult, but it is by annihilation that the tree becomes worms and germs and so becomes more conscious; it is by annihilation that the animal becomes man and becomes more conscious; it is by annihilation, by giving up his personal being, that man can become more conscious.


Our body will not remain with us. Each element in it will be attracted to the like element: the fire to the fire, the water to the water, the earth to the earth.


When the body is annihilated, the mind remains. In the mind also there are the elements, although we cannot see them. They are in the vibrations. Anger, the fire element, brings heat which makes the eyes red and the body hot. With the water element peace comes. The elements in the vibrations are also drawn each to its own element. If anything remains it is the soul, the nur, the Light of God.


Everything in the world wishes to live. No one wishes to die. If someone under the influence of some sorrow says, "It would be better if I were dead", when the spell is passed and he is asked, "Do you wish to die now ?", he will say, "No".


We realize as our self that which dies, that which is not ours, and therefore we are afraid of death. We must see what in us is fani, to be annihilated, and what is baqi, life; what is ours and what is not ours, what will remain with us and what will not. Out coat will not remain with us, it is not ours. That is why Christ has said, "If someone sue you for your coat, give him your cloak also" for neither is yours. The coat belonged to the . . . first and it will pass from us.


We see that we are always attracted to our like, to someone who is from our country, of our race, from our school. God is that which will never die. His nature is life. Our true affinity is with Him. He is our real friend.




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